Every three years our SI federation, Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI), undertakes a new major project supporting women and girls across the world.
In November 2019 SIGBI launched its new project, a collaboration with the charity ChoraChori UK. ChoraChori’s mission is to rescue Nepalese children from abusive situations in Nepal and India, manage their trauma and reintegrate them, where possible, with their families and communities. SIGBI’s project with ChoraChori will support the charity’s Children’s Refuge and Rehabilitation Centre in Nepal, where survivors of trafficking and abuse are helped to rebuild their lives, empowering them through education and training into gainful employment and a future within society.
Over the next three years Soroptimist Clubs in the UK will raise funds to educate and train 45 vulnerable girls per year. The girls will receive education and vocational training, including basic and advanced tailoring skills and a silver jewellery training workshop. With this training, the young women will be able to get paid jobs and return to society. We are also hoping to support the establishment of a sustainable 30-bed facility which will be a safe and secure halfway house, a home during transition and a stepping-stone for these girls.
The campaign was launched at an event in Aldershot attended by representatives of ChoraChori, local Soroptimists and members of the public. Surrey Hills will be supporting this project through various fund-raising events throughout the project’s duration.
For more information about the project visit Empowering Girls in Nepal or search for ChoraChori on Facebook.
The project meets a number of UN Sustainable Development Goals.